Ball State President offered to resign, Board says

Questions are rising about Ball State President Paul Ferguson and his resignation this week. The Board Chairman Rick Hall says Ferguson offered to resign. Ferguson’s employment agreement spells out the terms, which call for a two-month sabbatical, and a year of severance pay at this salary of nearly a half a million dollars. So far, the University has not said why Ferguson has resigned. They are beginning the search for a successor.

B.S.U. Prez Announces Resignation

Ball State President Paul Ferguson has resigned. He’s asking for a two-month sabbatical and then his resignation becomes effective. The Board of Trustees has reportedly accepted his resignation. Provost and Executive VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Terry King is now acting President. Ferguson was named Ball State’s leader less than 18 months ago.

Possible Battery Case At Delta

We’re following up today about a possible battery case involving a staff member at Delta High School and a student. The school administration isn’t providing much information at this point in their investigation, saying it’s a personnel matter. What we do know is that an incident was reported last Wednesday concerning what they’re calling “potentially inappropriate actions” by a staff member. The sheriff’s office was notified and investigated. They’re checking surveillance video and interviewing others. The school will not say if the staff member was suspended.

Suspicious Device Closes Busy Intersection

Your evening commute may have taken a detour Monday after an urgent situation shut down a busy Muncie intersection. Emergency crews called to investigate a suspicious package near the three-way intersection of White River Boulevard, White River Road and South Hawthorne Road. The Delaware County Bomb Squad disabled the device, which was described as white with wires and emitting rapid, high-pitched beeps. No injuries or idea who might have left it there.

Three Years For A Former Science Teacher

Its three years in prison for a former Liberty Christian School science teacher. 61-year-old Patrick Kevin Porter was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in December to a Level 5 felony charge of child solicitation. During the sentencing hearing in Madison Circuit Court Division 6, Porter said he has no good excuse for the sexually explicit text messages he sent to the victim in the case.

Missing Man Found Safe & Sound

A 73-year-old Anderson man is safe and sound after being reported as missing. Family members say he was last seen at the downtown McDonalds early Monday morning but was found hours later in a muffler shop at 14th and Pearl streets. According to his family, the man has been diagnosed with dementia. In addition, he was said to be battling several physical ailments, including seizures.

High Speed Chase Suspect Remains In Jail

A 21-year-old woman accused of leading police on a high speed chase and the subject of an overnight manhunt remains in Henry County jail. Tori Hostetler of Monrovia was a passenger in a stolen car that was pulled over near Pendleton. She was handcuffed, but apparently was able to slip the cuffs and steal a police SUV, leading law enforcement on a 100 mile an hour chase from Pendleton into Henry County before crashing.

Brothers May Be Heading Into Transition Program

Two brothers – sentenced to 55 years in prison for a 1996 murder – appear to be heading into a Community Transition Program. Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings and the attorney for Dennis and Raymond Johnson presented the plan to the judge Monday. The proposed program calls for the brothers to serve out the remaining five years of their sentence in work release after completing program.

Muncie Man Takes Plea Deal

A Muncie man has taken a plea deal with prosecutors and pleads guilty to shooting another man last summer on East Adams Street. 27-year-old Brandon Slay pleaded guilty to aggravated battery. The terms of the deal have not been announced, and the judge will decide if the deal is accepted. Sentencing is set for Feb 3rd. The conviction typically carries a penalty of 16 years in prison.

Bring ‘Em in, Warm ‘Em Up…Or Pay Up

The Muncie Animal Shelter wants the city to change the animal care ordinance to force dog owners to shelter their pets when temps go to 20 degrees or below. Director Phil Peckinpaugh is expected to ask Muncie City Council to allow them to enforce and fine owners $100 for non-compliance. He told the Star Press that the group gets multiple calls each day about dogs being left outside without proper housing and there’s nothing they can do now, except talk to the owner. The issue is on the council’s Feb. 1st agenda.